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US CAS announces availability of new whitepaper - Global Science & Technology Report: Graphene Research & Development - 15 Dec 2017

CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society, has announced the availability of the whitepaper, Global Science & Technology Report: Graphene Research & Development, highlighting key trends in the dynamic graphene research landscape. Published in Chinese and English, this inaugural report results from a joint effort between CAS and National Science Library (NSL), Chinese Academy of Sciences. It is the first in a series of data analytics projects focusing on high-impact emerging technology areas that CAS data scientists are undertaking.

Touted as a miracle material, graphene is an allotrope of carbon with unique properties that have the potential to revolutionise a broad range of applications including electronics, batteries, medicine and even sporting equipment. It is a key component driving advances in high-interest technology areas such as wearable electronics and biosensors. As such, developments in this rapidly growing field are of urgent interest to scientists, business leaders, investors, and policy makers globally, opening new collaborative opportunities.

Derived from an extensive analysis of more than 100,000 documents published worldwide since the discovery of graphene early this century, this report highlights interesting aspects of the research landscape and how graphene research is evolving as the field transitions from basic to applied research. The prospects and challenges of graphene are also discussed through interviews with experts.

CAS is uniquely positioned to conduct this type of detailed analysis because of two key assets: 1) a highly structured big data environment that covers chemical sciences and related research information over a 150-year era and 2) chemist-detailed, full-text indexing and curation of that research information for the entire era.

CAS's structured big data environment includes a private Hadoop platform that provides a world's-best data analytics framework for scientific trending studies. This advanced platform has billions of chemist-defined scientific relationships, which create knowledge maps of spaces of interest. Although this technology is a key capability, the unique strength of CAS is realised only by using the curation and indexing work that CAS scientists apply to augment the published literature. These aligned technology and chemist curation forces create CAS's analytics capabilities specialised for the intricacies of chemical information.

Hundreds of CAS scientists review the global scientific literature as it is published, extracting key details on the specific chemical substances, applications, topics in each and curate highly valuable content data relationships. These scientists have amassed a wealth of knowledge that assist in uncovering insights and trends not found by less advanced technologies or by technology alone. This rich and well-structured data supports high-value analytics across broad fields of research.

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Category :Case Studies/Industry study reports
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US Wiley partners with The British Psychological Society to improve replicability and transparency of scientific research - 15 Dec 2017

Publisher John Wiley and Sons Inc. and the British Psychological Society (BPS), a registered charity responsible for the development, promotion and application of psychology for the public good, have partnered to enable researchers to publish Registered Reports. This new article type allows researchers the benefits of peer review of their methods and study design before they begin their work and offers in principle acceptance, irrespective of research outcome. This innovation in peer review is designed to improve the replicability and transparency of scientific research, and to minimize bias in the reporting of experimental results.

Registered Reports allow authors to 'register' their planned experiment and methodology. Authors get valuable feedback on methods during their experimental planning and design, ahead of beginning their experiment, ahead of data collection, and ahead of data analysis. Registered Reports are peer reviewed and offer in principle acceptance based upon the strength of the research question and methodology.

This important development will support authors to deliver the most rigorous and credible results. Peer review prior to data collection and analysis is tasked with suggesting improvements to problems in study methodology. This enables authors to improve their study design. Subject to an in-principle acceptance, authors will be able to conduct their research in the knowledge that their research will be published, regardless of the results, and with the confidence that their study methodology has been independently reviewed. This new approach will also offer authors the flexibility to analyze and report unexpected findings.

For journal readers, Registered Reports offers increased confidence that the scientific evidence they are reading is correctly represented, and that steps have been taken to reduce potential bias from, for example, selective reporting and HARKing (changing hypothesis based on and to fit study results).

Registered Reports will be initially launched in the Journal of Neuropsychology, published by Wiley on behalf of the BPS. More than eighty journals published by Wiley and other publishers that already publish Registered Reports are listed as 'participating journals' by the Center for Open Science at https://cos.io/rr/. Wiley has a Registered Reports toolkit for editors of the journals it publishes to enable them to launch Registered Reports rapidly, and will extend the initiative to several other journals through 2018.

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Category :STM Publishing
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US American Chemical Society names Dr. Marc A. Hillmyer as new editor-in-chief of Macromolecules - 15 Dec 2017

The American Chemical Society (ACS) has announced that Dr. Marc A. Hillmyer, Presidential McKnight endowed chair and professor of chemistry at the University of Minnesota, has been appointed the new editor-in-chief of Macromolecules. Hillmyer previously served as an associate editor of the journal for 10 years. He will succeed current editor-in-chief Dr. Timothy P. Lodge, starting in January 2018.

Hillmyer leads a research group focused on the design, synthesis, characterisation and applications of advanced macromolecular materials. In addition to his teaching and research roles, Hillmyer also serves as the director of the Center for Sustainable Polymers at the University of Minnesota and is finishing his term as the 2017 chair of the ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry (POLY).

Lodge has served as the editor-in-chief of Macromolecules for 17 years. He notes that his tenure has been marked by an increasingly global publishing landscape, with technological improvements greatly accelerating the pace of publication.

Macromolecules publishes original research on all fundamental aspects of macromolecular science including synthesis, polymerization mechanisms and kinetics, chemical modification, physical chemistry, and properties of organic, inorganic and naturally occurring polymers. The published research showcases innovative concepts, experimental methods/observations and theoretical approaches in macromolecular science. The journal's high quality is demonstrated by its Impact Factor of 5.8, making it a leading publication in the field of materials science and engineering.

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Category :Scholarly/Professional Publishing
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US Bowker to supply data for Book+Main - 15 Dec 2017

Book+Main, a social media company that enables readers to engage with their favourite authors and discover new ones, has announced a partnership with Bowker to connect them with metadata to enhance their business. Bowker is a ProQuest affiliate and acts as the retail agent for ProQuest's renowned metadata.

Book+Main's unique platform, called Book+Main Bites, is designed to connect authors and the reading community. Via Book+Main Bites, authors and readers communicate, interact and network with each other via an author's content, developing organic, authentic connections. More than a social media platform, Book+Main Bites is a discovery tool for readers to find books that match their needs, the moment they want it. It is also an effective sales and marketing tool for authors to increase their visibility and find new readers.

Bowker's Global Books in Print® database and its Enriched/Value Added Content data - which includes cover images, New York Times and Publisher's Weekly detailed bestsellers citations, over 100 years of Bestsellers - will help facilitate author/reader communication, interaction and networking.

Bowker collaborates with thousands of publishers, retailers, libraries and search engines worldwide to make their media collections - whether print or digital - easily discovered, evaluated and selected by users. The seminal Books In Print® database is used by customers to enhance their collections, embedding them with rich details and real-time updates that capture new title releases.

Bowker offers a variety of data and delivery options for any organisation that needs information about physical or digital media to power its business.

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Category :Networking / collaborating platform
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UK CABI backs use of open data in agricultural science at APEC symposium in Beijing - 15 Dec 2017

CABI contributed to an Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) Symposium on Agricultural Science Data Sharing and Service which brought together over 30 participants from 15 countries within APEC and other national and international organisations at a meeting in Beijing.

The aim of the symposium was to enhance mutual understanding on the status of agricultural science data sharing in APEC members; exchange experiences and lessons on science and technology resources sharing; and discuss technology frameworks for agricultural data sharing in agriculture.

The event, which was held from December 7-9, 2017 was organised by the Agricultural Information Institute of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (AII-CAAS) and funded by the China-APEC Co-operation Fund of the Chinese Ministry of Finance.

CABI delivered a keynote presentation at the first formal session on sharing knowledge and experiences in data management. Many of the experts attending were from CABI member countries, such as Bangladesh, Chile, China, Malaysia, Philippines, Pakistan and Vietnam.

Dr Qiaoqiao Zhang, Director of Memberships, CABI (also a current guest professor at AII-CAAS since 1997), talked about how open data and data sharing can contribute to the realisation of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. She highlighted the positive social impacts produced by global initiatives and programmes like the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN), CABI's Plantwise, CABI's Pest Risk Information Service (PRISE) and some Open Research Initiatives. Dr Zhang noted that during the first High Level Political Forum of the UN in 2016, governments welcomed the proposal on 'enhancing national capacities for evidence-based and data-driven decision-making', and called for 'further building and strengthening capacities for data collection, disaggregation, dissemination and analysis at all levels.'

Andrew Benton, Manager, Agri-Tech in China Newton Network, CABI & Rothamsted Research, also contributed to the Symposium by making a short presentation on the Agri-Tech in China Newton Network, as an example of a bilateral collaboration programme that fosters and supports data-enabled innovation in the Agri-Tech field. He highlighted how the Network is developing to include many big data and satellite-based GIS agencies in both the UK and China, and how it is helping them develop joint farm-level technologies to solve agricultural production and food sustainability problems that affect both countries.

The Symposium ended with the call for building an APEC Agricultural Data Union by AII-CAAS, which has offered to provide operational and technical support to this Union.

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US State Library of Iowa and Iowa Academic Library Alliance partner with Gale to provide free access to digital resources - 15 Dec 2017

The State Library of Iowa, Iowa public libraries and the Iowa Academic Library Alliance have partnered with Gale, a Cengage company and leading provider of library resources, to provide Iowa library users and college students with free access to high-quality digital resources that support learning, research, business and personal enrichment. Iowa residents can visit: www.iowalibrariesonline.org to access these resources through their public or academic library.

Gale's 13 digital offerings include: databases, research materials and periodicals, and can be accessed anytime, anywhere, on any device. These high-quality resources support homework, personal enrichment, health inquiries, business analysis and academic research. Many of the products feature integrated workflow tools from Google and Microsoft, as well as language translation, downloadable audio and easy ways to share and save content.

This collection of Gale digital resources is available through participating public libraries in Iowa and can be accessed at: www.iowalibrariesonline.org.

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